Saturday, May 19, 2012

10 Sweetest Things - 11 Months

Daniel turns 11 months old today. This has been simultaneously the best and hardest 11 months of my life. One of the greatest gifts of motherhood is that I really appreciate small things now. On Mother's Day, I had a glass of champagne and a plate of mussels with a dear friend, sitting by an open window, feeling the Spring breeze, and it was heavenly. She said to me, "Remember when this was normal? Did we appreciate it then?" I don't know that you can appreciate an afternoon glass of champagne when it's normal. But now that alone time with my besties is a treat, I treasure it.

Similarly, living with an infant grounds me in the moment in a way nothing ever has before. So many times a day I find myself trying to soak up and absorb the sweetness of a given moment, not to hold onto it so much as to enjoy it while it's happening. Below are a list of recent sweet things. I hope you're enjoying the sweetness of your life today.

1.      When I come home from work, Daniel scoots as fast as he can toward the door, with a huge grin and the happiest noises I’ve ever heard a human make.
2.      When he’s tired, he’ll rest his head on my chest as I rock him.
3.      He sleeps through the night, and naps like a champ (most days).
4.      He caws like a crow, he quacks like a duck, and makes a cara fea (ugly face) on demand.
5.      When I’m out of sight, I’ll hear him coming down the hall, getting more excited as he gets close, then squeal with delight when he finds me.
6.      When Carl brought him his favorite blankie (knitted by Grandma) the other day, he smiled, kicked his legs and wiggled in joy. 
7.      He’s a good mimic. Latest word – elevator.
8.      He buries his face in anyone or anything he loves.
9.      He hugs my legs from behind when I’m at the kitchen counter.
10.  He kisses pictures of babies in books.


Mary Lou said...

Your words are beautiful and a great reminder to enjoy the moment.Thanks for sharing.

Carol Fragale Brill said...

You make simple very precious carol

Amy Brooks said...

Emma, 3, has a great saying when she wants to be picked up. She says, "I want my heart to be close to yours." I know I am a sucker, but it works every time. Soon she will be too big to pick up.